JACQUES OF JESUS OCD (PERE JACQUES)
THE CLOSING OF THE PROCESS FOR THE SERVANT OF GOD
On the 31st March 2006, in the chapel of Avon Priory, Mgr
Albert-Marie de Monleon, Bishop of Meaux, presided over the
closure of the diocesan process in view of the canonization
of the Servant of God, Jacques of Jesus ocd (Lucien Bunel).
Arrested for having hidden Jewish children, Pere Jacques was
deported. His attitude in the camps showed him to be a
Martyr of Charity.
The process began in 1997.
The Definitor Robert Paul, the Provincial and a number of
Friars were present. At the meeting we could see members of
Pere Jacque’s family, some of his former pupils and people
who had been deported with him.
Fr. Philip Hugele, Vice-Postulator took an oath to carry all
the documentation with him to Rome.
We hope and pray that the Lord will bring this good cause to
a good end.
ANNE ELIZABETH of the TRINITY
The Lisieux sanctuary has just organized a three-day
symposium entitled Praying with Therese and Elizabeth
from April 28th to May 1st. 130 people attended the
symposium which was organized by Fr Philip Hugele, Prior of
our centre in Lisieux. The two speakers were: Francois
Marie Lethel and Jean Clappier.
The first day dealt with Therese of Lisieux’s prayer, the
second with that of Elizabeth of Dijon and the third
consisted of a discussion. The symposium was
introduced by a TV presentation on the life and message of
Elizabeth, directed by Charles Sawaya of the Lebanese
Dijon Diocese, France:
The opening of the diocesan centenary year of the death of
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, will take place on June
11th 2006, the solemnity of the Trinity. It will be presided
by Mgr Roland Minnerath, Archbishop of Dijon in the Church
of St. Michael.
The Secular Order held a national symposium in Sologne, 5th
– 8th May, on the theme of: Interiority in the service of
135 people replied to the invitation. There were seven
speakers, including a mother, Conrad de Meester (Flanders),
Louis-Marie Sylvain (Avignon-Aquitaine), Fr. Didier-Marie
Golay (Provincial of the Paris Province). A Nun from a
Carmelite congregation also came. Fr Denis Chardonnens, the
Provincial of Avignon-Aquitaine, coordinated the various
CONFERENCE AT THE BERNANOS CENTRE
The Paris Province together with the Bernanos Centre (Paris)
organized two meetings to study the spiritual message of
On the 24th May, her life will be presented on a DVD,
directed by Dijon Carmel, then Fr
Didier-Marie Golay, the Provincial of Paris, will present
the essential themes of her message. To finish, a member of
the Secular Order will speak of Elizabeth and her role in
On the 31st May, three Carmelites will speak on the
following: Elizabeth and Priests (Fr. Didier-Marie
Golay, ocd), The prayer
to the Trinity (Fr. Denis-Marie Ghesquieres) and
Mary, gateway to Heaven (Fr. Guillaume Dehorter).
GENERALATE – THE PARISH OF ST. TERESA OF AVILA
A celebration of two centenaries
On the 11th June 2006, on the Feast of the Holy Trinity,
Cardinal Paskai Laszlo, will preside at a Eucharist to mark
the beginning of the centenary year of the death of the
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, as well as the first
centenary of the parish.
INAUGURATION OF A NEW CENTRE OF SPIRITUALITY
The first centre of Spirituality in the Tamilnadu Province,
India, was inaugurated on the 20th April 2006 by our Fr.
General. The local Bishop blessed the Centre in the
presence of Fr. Maria David, Provincial of Tamilnadu, and a
large number of priests, religious and laity.
In his brief address Fr. General noted: “How dedicated you
are to evangelization and to the development of your people.
Jeevan Jyothi will try to respond to the spiritual
and human needs of the Church and the people, through a life
dedicated to study according to Christian and Carmelite
spirituality” Fr. General congratulated the Provincial
and those of the past for their efforts to establish this
Institute to promote our own apostolate. Fr. Perianayagam,
ocd, the director of the Institute’s programme, presented to
the people the Centre’s annual programme.
When it is finished, the Institute will be able to offer
hospitality to 60 people who wish to study there. Besides
this Institute there is another house for the promotion of
spiritual exercises and ecumenical, inter-religious
dialogue. The Provincial also has another Centre for
spiritual exercises in the south of Tamilnadu.
At a time when we lament the shortage of vocations, in many
parts of the world, Fr. General had the joy of being present
for the priestly ordination of 11 deacons from the same
Tamilnadu Province, on the 21st April 2006.
Our prayers and well-wishes go to the Province and to the
newly ordained priests.
DEATH OF SR. CRISTINA KAUFFMANN, OCD
Sr. Cristina, born in Switzerland, entered Carmel in Spain,
died aged 66 on the 18th April.
She was known and appreciated in various parts of the
Carmelite world, above all in Carmelite Spain. She
participated with her reflections in the renewal of the
feminine side of Carmel. The media in Spain had heard of her
personality and her death.
FIRST CONGRESS OF PARISH PRIESTS IN LATIN AMERICA
Lima, May 1-7, 2006
It was organised by the Carmelite Commission for Latin
America, May 1-7, 2006, in Lima, Peru. 25 parish
priests from our parishes throughout Latin America took part
in the congress.
The theme was: “To follow up the First Internacional
Congress of Parish Priests” (Colombia May 2-9, 2001) and
the document that came from the encounter: WITNESSES TO
AN EXPERIENCE OF GOD – Global plan for Carmelite Parishes,
with the goal of defining certain pastoral practices and
ways of living for our parishes in each region of Latin
The speakers were: Mgr. Norbert Strotmann, Bishop of Chosica;
Dr. Jose Luis Perez, Doctor of Sociology and Fr. Francesco
Javier Jaramillo, ex Carmelite Definitor General and
experienced in carmelite pastoral practise.
Among the important conclusions was: The religious
community is the coordinator of the Parish Pastoral activity,
by its prayer and apostolic life, directing its study and
formation to the service of the parish.
TERESIANUM : NOMINATION
The Definitory General, at a recent session on April 24,
Fr. Silvio José Báez, of the Province of Central America:
Vice-President of the Pontifical Faculty of the Teresianum,
Director of the Review Teresianum
Fr. Francesco Romano, of the Tuscan Province:
Professor of the same Faculty